Increased information consumption but no decline in speed throughout second Covid wave: Opensignal

In the last 3 weeks of April this year, when the nation was in the grip of the second wave of Covid-19 infections, typical information consumption soared among 19.9% and 22.7% compared with the preceding months. This can be attributed to folks getting confined to their properties due to lockdowns. But as opposed to last year, the mobile customers did not witness the deterioration of information speeds as mobile operators had ready their networks to take the elevated load.

As per mobile analytics firm Opensignal, in 2020, mobile customers had witnessed up to 24.8% decline in their typical download speeds throughout the six weeks among the last weeks of March 2020 and May 2020 as information consumption soared among 26.8% to 30% when the nation was beneath strict lockdown.

“However, this time, we saw little change in the average download speed experience, showing that mobile operators successfully prepared their networks to cope with the increased data demand by their users due to the second wave of the Covid-19 pandemic,” OpenSignal stated.

Opensignal measured its smartphone users’ weekly typical mobile information consumption and download speed expertise from the week beginning on December 30, 2019, to the week ending on May 2, 2021.

In India, smartphone customers, on typical, consumed a equivalent quantity of mobile information all through the initial weeks of 2020, and their mobile speeds did not modify considerably. However, as the Indian government introduced strict lockdown measures in March 2020, OpenSignal observed a sharp enhance in the typical mobile information consumed by our smartphone customers weekly — 26.8% to 30.1% greater than at the starting of 2020.

The elevated mobile information consumption lasted for six weeks among the last weeks of March 2020 and May 2020, prior to it steadily decreased towards pre-lockdown levels. Concurrently, customers saw important declines in their typical download speeds — up to 24.8%, compared to the very first week of 2020.

Originally appeared on: TheSpuzz